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  1. Japanese Placement Test 2015_16

    March 25 2015

    Japanese Placement Tests confirmed for language classes in Fall and Winter 2015-16. Note: There will be no tests in May or June.

  2. When registering for new EASIA courses

    March 20 2015

    A reminder for everyone registering for classes. All content courses are now under new EASIA names, please check earlier posts for the detailed list. Also, if you have any problems registering in a course due to prerequisites, please see Heather at the department office in Pembina Hall. She will need your name, student ID, the course you're trying to enroll in and which prerequisite(s) you have for the course in order to enroll you manually. Please click on the title above to be redirected to our full page on programme changes.

  3. Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language

    March 06 2015

    The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta will be hosting TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language) this year. The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is a standardized language proficiency test, which is developed by the Mandarin Training Center, the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and the Psychological Testing Center of National Taiwan Normal University. The test is used to assess and to certify the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The test will be held on April 24, 2015 at 1:00pm, and the registration deadline is on March 20, 2015 (Friday). (...more)

  4. China Screening Dates 2015-16

    February 20 2015

    Chinese Language Screening Sessions confirmed for those students wishing to register for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2015 Chinese language classes.

  5. 2015 Chinese Bridge Competition

    February 10 2015

    We are happy to announce the third annual Chinese Bridge competition for Alberta university students, to be held on Saturday March 15 on the U of A campus. The Chinese Bridge contest is an excellent and fun opportunity to display your Chinese language and performance skills! There are prizes for participants, and in past years the winning entrant has won an all-expenses-paid trip to represent western Canada on Chinese television in the international Chinese Bridge competition. Take the plunge and join students from all over the province in the Chinese Bridge competition on March 15!

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The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.


Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East-Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. Read more